I lived at East Wind Community, which is a member of the FEC. I was amazed at how they could make these principles work, and how practical the outcomes were. I stayed at Twin Oaks for about a week as well, and visited Acorn–all members of FEC. Twin Oaks spawned Acorn. Twin Oaks and East Wind are over 4 decades old. They are thriving!
Each of the FEC communities:
- Holds its land, labor, income and other resources in common.
- Assumes responsibility for the needs of its members, receiving the products of their labor and distributing these and all other goods equally, or according to need.
- Practices non-violence.
- Uses a form of decision making in which members have an equal opportunity to participate, either through consensus, direct vote, or right of appeal or overrule.
- Actively works to establish the equality of all people and does not permit discrimination on the basis of race, class, creed, ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
- Acts to conserve natural resources for present and future generations while striving to continually improve ecological awareness and practice.
- Creates processes for group communication and participation and provides an environment which supports people’s development.